Tall buildings: Rising to the Net Zero Challenge

19 October 2023 to 19 Oct 2023
8:00 am to 10:00 am

CPA members attended Tall Buildings: Rising to the Net Zero Challenge for a breakfast seminar in the new auditorium of 8 Bishopsgate.

The event opened with a welcome from Charles Begley (Chief Executive, CPA) and was followed by a keynote speech from Graham Packham (Deputy Chairman, Planning & Transportation Committee, City of London Corporation) and a presentation from report author Ann Dalzell (Director, Arup). This was followed by a panel session with guests that included:

  • Karen Cook, CPA Board & Founding Director, Spice Design
  • Alexander Jan, Chief Economic Advisor, London Property Alliance & EC BID Board Advisor
  • Kate Hart, CEO, EC BID (panel chair)
  • Rob McNicol, Assistant Director Planning Policy and Strategy, City of London Corporation
  • Claire Outram, CPA Board & Vice President, Asset Management, Brookfield Properties

Some key takeaways from the seminar included:

  • Graham Packham in his keynote highlighted the pivotal role of Crossrail in creating economic confidence in the Square Mile; adding value and long-term viability to the tall buildings in the City
  • Karen Cook spoke of the opportunities tall buildings bring to the City; the more efficient use of land providing greater opportunity for green space, leading to greater dwell time for visitors and workers alike
  • Rob McNicol championed the importance of partnership working in the City, and for the City Corporation to meet and talk with businesses to drive down emissions to reach net zero.

You can view the presentation slides here.

You can read the report, Tall Buildings: rising to the Net Zero challenge here.

Further reading

Report: Retrofit First, Not Retrofit Only: A focus on the retrofit and redevelopment of 20th century buildings

Report: The Crossrail Effect: How the Elizabeth line is transforming the capital

Report: Visualising Destination City